July 22nd, 2004


Mildly drunk...

I'm a wee bit drunk. I'm obviously out of practice - I had 5 (6?) vanilla stoli's and oj, which used to be hardly enough to get me drunk. But I guess when you go long enough... (technically I had a beer too, but that doesn't count at all).

Ach. Today we retired one of the biggest pains in our ass! A majorly big server, a Sun e6500, over 4 years old... 16 cpus, 12 gigs of ram... all gone! I took pics, but I cannae be bothered to post them. Maybe tomorrow. Anyways we had parties, and party favors, and party hats, and... stuff.... alcohol... food... stuff... I forget....

But it was fun! Yes, fun.
  • Current Music
    Weird Al Yankovic - It's All About The Pentiums

War president vs. peace president

Ok, someone's going to have to explain something to me: why are all of the liberal news/humor/etc. outlets making such a big deal about Bush and the war president vs. peace president thing?

He said earlier:
"I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind".

Ok. And now he's saying:
"Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years."

While I understand that it seems like a dramatic thematic change - and it was, don't get me wrong - it also strikes me as not even close to a big deal. He said he was a war president, and he said he wants to be the peace president. That's not a contradictory concept, people. I've said many times that I'm out of shape but I want to be fit. Note the "I am" vs. the "I want to be".

Get it? He is a war president, but he says he wants to be a peace president. I don't necessarily believe him, but there's nothing wrong with saying it. I think someone saying outright that he makes decisions with war on his mind is a bit disgusting, but he disgusts me in many ways, and it doesn't shock me. It certainly isn't going to change any conservatives minds or paint him as a flip-flopper, and if you're looking for lies and contradictions there are plenty of others to use.

I understand we all (well, the sensible people) want him to be defeated in November, but can't you people find something better to fixate on? C'mon. Give me a break. We're supposed to be better than the other side. Am I missing something? Because it sounds like we (and by we I mean liberals) are making ourselves look like asses over this, and that annoys me.

Stating the truth

Sometimes it takes someone stating the obvious for us to see it. In this case, nilesta did just that, but she did it absolutely beautifully. Ach. If only our politicians could - or would - cut some of these arguments down to their elemental truths so eloquently.

Just read it. Her post is here:

And everyone, everyone should go read it, right now. Republicans, Democrats, whatever, whoever. Go.